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Mars, Tata Trusts to Address Food Safety in India
January 6, 2016
Mars, Tata Trusts to Address Food Safety in India

Tata Trusts and Mars, Inc. have announced a new partnership solidified by a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow them to join forces to improve food safety, malnutrition and agricultural development in India, one of the world’s most populous countries.

FDA Bans Three Toxic Food Packaging Chemicals
January 5, 2016
FDA Bans Three Toxic Food Packaging Chemicals

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register that will ban three food-contact substances that are no longer manufactured.

Congress Strikes Down Country of Origin Labeling for Red Meat
January 4, 2016
Congress Strikes Down Country of Origin Labeling for Red Meat

As part of a massive year-end spending bill last month, U.S. Congress has repealed a food labeling law that required grocers and retailers to display the animal’s country of origin on packages of red meat.

DOJ Investigating Blue Bell's Listeria Outbreak
January 1, 2016
DOJ Investigating Blue Bell's Listeria Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Division has opened a criminal investigation regarding Blue Bell Creamery’s response to last spring’s Listeria outbreak that ultimately caused three deaths and at least 10 illnesses.

 

Study: Salmonella Can Flourish in Cookies, Crackers
December 23, 2015
Study: Salmonella Can Flourish in Cookies, Crackers

Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens can thrive in low-water-activity foods and dry foods, according to “Survival of Salmonella in Cookie and Cracker Sandwiches Containing Inoculated, Low-Water Activity Fillings”, a new study conducted by the University of Georgia and published in the Journal of Food Protection.

CDC Announces New Chipotle E. coli Outbreak
December 22, 2015
CDC Announces New Chipotle E. coli Outbreak

On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that at least five more people have become sick after eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants.

EFSA, ECDC Report New Numbers on Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter
December 18, 2015
EFSA, ECDC Report New Numbers on Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), along with the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released findings from an annual report on foodborne outbreaks in the European Union (EU).

Chipotle Shifts Gears on Locally Sourced Ingredients
December 17, 2015
Chipotle Shifts Gears on Locally Sourced Ingredients

Chipotle Mexican Grill is changing how it handles fresh food preparation in an effort to make improvements with the company’s food safety after months of reported illnesses across the U.S.

$1.1 Billion Spending Bill to Pay for 2016 Food Safety Initiatives
December 17, 2015
$1.1 Billion Spending Bill to Pay for 2016 Food Safety Initiatives

This week, the House of Representatives made public a spending bill that will fund the federal government until the end of September 2016, which marks the end of the fiscal year. Included in the $1.1 billion bill are plans to fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

USDA Beefing Up Traceback Procedures for Ground Meat Producers
December 14, 2015
USDA Beefing Up Traceback Procedures for Ground Meat Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has come up with a better way to determine the source of foodborne outbreaks linked to ground beef. If the new plan works, these efforts will stop outbreaks sooner than ever before.

 

FSIS Updates Best Practices for Minimizing Salmonella, Campylobacter
December 11, 2015
FSIS Updates Best Practices for Minimizing Salmonella, Campylobacter

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) published revised guidelines aimed at assisting poultry processors with controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw food products and preventing foodborne illness.

 

EFSA’s New Database Targets Scientists, Stakeholders and General Public
December 10, 2015
EFSA’s New Database Targets Scientists, Stakeholders and General Public

This week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced a new online warehouse in which data on chemical contaminants and food consumption is available to the public.

Chipotle’s Food Safety Woes Sicken Boston College Students
December 9, 2015
Chipotle’s Food Safety Woes Sicken Boston College Students

Just as things had started to die down after a foodborne outbreak closed 43 Chipotle Mexican Grill locations on the West Coast, a new outbreak seems to have developed on the East Coast.

Fresh Produce Causes the Most Foodborne Outbreaks, Followed by Seafood
December 8, 2015
Fresh Produce Causes the Most Foodborne Outbreaks, Followed by Seafood

A study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has found that fresh produce items cause more foodborne illnesses than any other food category.

FSMA Listening Sessions Coming to California in January
December 4, 2015
FSMA Listening Sessions Coming to California in January

This week, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced plans to host informational sessions on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rules for Produce Safety and Prevention Controls for Animal Food.

Chipotle Releases Enhanced Food Safety Program
December 4, 2015
Chipotle Releases Enhanced Food Safety Program

Today, Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill released details of what the chain is calling its “enhanced food safety program” that “ will establish Chipotle at the forefront of food safety protocols in the restaurant industry.”

 

Poll: Consumers Really Want GMO Labels
December 3, 2015
Poll: Consumers Really Want GMO Labels

A poll conducted by research firm The Mellman Group last month confirms that consumers want to know what’s in their food.

WHO Say Children and Low-Income Regions Most Affected by Foodborne Disease
December 3, 2015
WHO Say Children and Low-Income Regions Most Affected by Foodborne Disease

Findings announced today by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that nearly 30 percent of all deaths from foodborne illness are in children under the age of 5, despite the fact that they make up on 9 percent of the world’s population.

 

Climate Change Threatens Global Food Security, Says USDA
December 2, 2015
Climate Change Threatens Global Food Security, Says USDA

A major scientific assessment released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicates that climate change will likely have a negative effect on global food security.

Study Measures How Much Restaurant Management Knows About Food Allergens
December 1, 2015
Study Measures How Much Restaurant Management Knows About Food Allergens

Last month, the Journal of Foodservice Business Research published a study indicating that restaurant managerial staffers have a lot to learn when it comes to food allergies--even those who have gone through training.

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